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Tales from Northumberland

Seagull flying at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

Seagull flying at Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland © Arnhel de Serra

This week’s episode of Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green, airing tonight (Monday 11 November) on ITV at 8pm, will explore the dramatic Northumberland coastline and pay a visit to the iconic Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

This tidal island was once one of the most important centres of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England, and even today its medieval priory attracts pilgrims from around the world. Today Lindisfarne is perhaps more famous for its sixteenth-century castle, perched high above the surrounding island with spectacular views all around. 

Visitors flock to Lindisfarne for its natural attractions, too. As well as peaceful countryside and stunning coastal walks, the Holy Island is home to grey seals and a variety of bird life, such as curlews. Truly a bird watcher’s paradise.

National Trust Holiday Cottages offer you the chance to experience this historic island after the crowds have gone back to the mainland, with a choice of two lovely cottages on the island itself. 

Stay at the heart of the Holy Island community with a holiday at Glen House, a mid-terrace cottage on the island’s main street, on route to Lindisfarne Castle. This snug cottage is the ideal spot to relax after exploring this tranquil island. And, at only a short stroll from the harbour, you’ll be well placed to hop over to the mainland, too.

Further along the road to the castle is St Oswald’s Cottage, the last dwelling in the village with lovely views across open countryside. Architecture buffs will love this spacious, detached cottage, designed by Lutyens in the early-nineteenth century for Edward Hudson, who owned the castle. With its own garden, St Oswald’s is the perfect spot to relax on a sunny afternoon, or take a walk up to Lindisfarne Castle, less than half a mile away.

We have two other cottages further south on the Northumberland coast, perfect for exploring this stunning coastline and the wider countryside. Lookout Cottage stands close to Newton Point with stunning views out to sea and the distant ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. And finally there’s Risemoor, standing just a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Embleton Bay – perfect for family beach holidays.

Check out Tales from Northumberland for some more inspiration to visit this beautiful and varied county, then take a look through our cottages and discover Northumberland for yourself!

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  • The exterior of Glen House, Holy Island, Northumberland  © National Trust

    Glen House

    Berwick-upon-Tweed , Northumberland

    Mid terraced cottage on Holy Island's main street, just one mile from Lindisfarne Castle.

  • The exterior of St Oswalds Cottage, Holy Island, Northumberland © Roger Coulam

    St Oswald's Cottage

    Berwick-upon-Tweed , Northumberland

    A spacious three bedroom stone-built cottage overlooking Lindisfarne Castle.

  • The exterior of Lookout Cottage, Alnwick, Northumberland © Roger Coulam

    Lookout Cottage

    Alnwick , Northumberland

    A quirky cottage in an outstanding position above a wide sandy beach.

  • Exterior sea view of Risemoor house and garden, Newton by the Sea, Alnwick © Roger Coulam


    Alnwick , Northumberland

    A one minute stroll from the magnificent golden sands of Embleton Bay.